Student Government

The University of Chicago


Please contact the Elections & Rules Committee Chairman, Max Freedman, at with any questions.

Results of the Spring 2017 General Election:

Total Turnout: 1719

Executive Slate:

  • Rise (Calvin Cottrell, Sabine Nau, Chase Harrison): 1008
  • Abstain: 592
  • Write-in: 119

Graduate Liaison to the Board of Trustees:

  • Erica Watkins: 424
  • Abstain: 91
  • Write-in: 30

Undergraduate Liaison to the Board of Trustees:

  • Christina Uzzo: 337
  • Steve Berkowitz: 284
  • Zander Cowan: 257
  • Abstain: 269
  • Write-in: 27

Community and Government Liaison:

  • Emily Harwell (Write-in): 160
  • Meaghan Green (Write-in): 73
  • Other write-in votes totaled 370, but no individual candidate received more than 20.

College Referendum on Menstrual Hygiene Products:

  • Yes: 1021
  • No: 108
  • Abstaining: 45

College Council Class of 2018:

  • Jola Idowu: 156
  • Julie Xu: 146
  • Forrest Sill (Write-in; Abroad Fall '17 - Proxy: Jamie Ehrlich): 56
  • Ariel Aiash (Write-in; Abroad Fall '17 - Proxy: Genevieve Halka): 50
  • Benjamin Hsu (Write-in): 22
  • Other write-ins aggregated: 156, but no individual candidate received more than 10 votes.

College Council Class of 2019:

  • Daphne Xu: 179
  • Elizabeth Ortiz: 175
  • Liam Torpy (Abroad Fall '17 - Proxy: Saylor Soinski): 147
  • Zander Cowan: 137
  • Abstain: 42
  • Write-in: 72

College Council Class of 2020:

  • Jahne Brown: 205
  • Sat Gupta: 191
  • Marty Jiffar: 144
  • Veronica Myers (Abroad Spring '18 - Proxy: Alisha Harris) : 143
  • Marlin Figgins: 108
  • Brittney Dorton: 88
  • Abstain: 41
  • Write-in: 52

Turnout by Division:

  • First Year: 354
  • Second Year: 296
  • Third Year: 357
  • Fourth Year: 167
  • Booth: 298
  • BSD: 17
  • Divinity: 18
  • Graham: 2
  • Harris: 30
  • Humanities: 25
  • Law: 31
  • IME: 11
  • PSD: 46
  • Pritzker: 10
  • SSA: 15
  • SSD: 42

The following positions will be filled in the 2017 Spring General Election:

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Executive Slate
The Executive Slate is made up of the President, the Vice President for Administration, and the Vice President for Student Affairs. They are elected together each year in the spring, and are collectively responsible for the administration of Student Government. They represent graduate and undergraduate concerns to the University administration, oversee organizational projects and initiatives, and are responsible for the management of the SG budget.

Liaisons to the Board of Trustees
The Undergraduate and Graduate Liaisons to the Board of Trustees represent their respective constituency to the Board of Trustees. They are responsible for keeping students informed about the actions of the Board of Trustees.

Community and Government Liaison
The Community and Government Liaison represents the Student Association to members of the community, and work to get students more involved in Hyde Park, Woodlawn, and the South Side in general. The Liaison serves as an ex-officio member on the Community Service Fund, and serves as SG's representative to the University Community Service Center.

College Council and Graduate Council Representatives
The College Council and Graduate Council Representatives represent their respective class year or school or division to the above bodies and voice concerns on behalf of their constituents.

At this time, Graduate Council Representatives are elected by their divisions in separate elections processes from the Spring General Elections. At this time, Booth, BSD, Divinity, Graham, Harris, Humanities, IME, Pritzker, PSD, SSA, and SSD have chosen to operate their own elections for Graduate Council Representatives through their divisional student governments, their dean's councils, or their area dean of students. Students in those divisions will receive notification by their local election authority at least two weeks prior to when their Graduate Council Elections will occur. E&R will conduct the Law School's elections in the Autumn Quarter.

More information about each of these positions may be found in the SG governing documents.

Meetings and Hearings:

E&R will convene at 3:45 pm on Friday, May 5th in Reynolds 016 in order to resolve questions over the tabulation of write-in votes, and for other purposes. 


Wednesday, April 26th

Friday, May 5th

Spring 2017 General Election Timeline:

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017: E&R announced the forthcoming election by email to the Student Association. The announcement of petition availability was included in this email.

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017: E&R made petitions available on this website at 9:00 am.

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017: Petitions of candidacy were due between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm in Reynolds 016. 

Thursday, April 13th, 2017: E&R held the mandatory candidates meeting at 4:30 pm in the South Lounge of the Reynolds Club (second floor across the atrium from Hallowed Grounds). Candidates must attend a mandatory candidates meeting to appear on the ballot. Those candidates needing accommodation for an alternate meeting time must notify the Chair of E&R prior to turning in their petition. 

Monday, April 17th, 2017 through Friday, April 21st, 2017: Candidates were given the opportunity to table in Reynolds.

Monday, April 24th, 2017: A debate between Slates and candidates for Graduate Liaison to the Board of Trustees was held for a graduate student audience during Graduate Council.

Wednesday April 26th, 2017: A debate between Slate candidates and Liaison candidates was held for all members of the Student Association in the Cloister Club at Ida Noyes Hall. Doors open at 7:00 pm and the debate will start promptly at 7:30 pm. 

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017: Voting opened at 10:00 am CDT on Blueprint. Students may login at A link to the ballot was emailed to all members of the Student Association.

Friday, May 5th, 2017: Voting will close at 4:30 pm.

Friday, May 5th, 2017: E&R will meet in Reynolds 016 to tabulate the results at 4:30 pm. Candidates must submit their receipts. Tabulation will begin at 4:45. After tabulation is complete, E&R will hold a press conference in Reynolds 016 to announce the results and to hold the ceremonial cake cutting.

Election By-Laws, Code, and Candidates Packet

The Election By-Laws, and Election Code provide guidelines for candidates and the Election and Rules Committee. Candidates should familiarize themselves with the Candidates Packet, which contains the House Rules as well as the Code and By-Laws, and helpful information. In choosing to run, candidates agree to follow the rules and interpretations enumerated in the Candidates Packet. Note the information in the Candidates Packet has been updated by E&R. Please review the linked documents as they have changed from last year. 

Past Elections and Referenda:

Results and hearings from past elections can be found here. Information about the Winter 2017 Constitutional Referendum is available on the Constitutional Review Committee page.